Missing Prineville man found safe after four days in Linn County wilderness

Missing man found safe after four days in Linn County wilderness (Photo from the Linn County Sheriff's Office).

After four days of extensive searching, a missing man has been found safe in the Linn County wilderness.

Jerry Thomas, 70, was found alive and well by ground crews just before 9 AM Saturday near Daly Lake, about three miles from the Parish Lake trail head where he went missing from.

Officials say Thomas was wet and hungry, but overall in good spirits and health.

After taking a hot shower and being reunited with his wife, who is a registered nurse, Thomas declined medical treatment.

"This is a testament to the teamwork, dedication and tenacity of all involved," said Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley. "Being part of a life-saving mission such as this, is one of the most satisfying rewards we can experience in law enforcement."

The following is a list of all the agencies who assisted in the search; Linn, Lane, Jefferson, Deschutes, Benton, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Sheriff's Offices; Linn County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse, Oregon Army National Guard, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club, Pacific NW Search and Rescue, Linn County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue, and the Sweet Home District of the USFS. Also, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office of Nevada flew in an expert in man-tracking to the scene.

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